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distinguish
American English: /dəˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/
British English: /dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/

Translation of distinguish in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (differentiate) to distinguish something/somebody from something/somebody
    distinguir or diferenciar algo/a alguien de algo/alguien
    Example sentences
    • What I have difficulty with is distinguishing different noises in loud areas.
    • Pinker suggests that our love of music may have developed out of a similar evolutionary need to distinguish different sounds.
    • The software is also speed-sensitive, so it can distinguish the different conditions in city driving and faster roads or motorways.
    Example sentences
    • These differences are sufficient to distinguish between the two species.
    • As investors, we need to be able to distinguish between interesting scientific discoveries and commercially viable projects.
    • This difference is very significant because it helps you distinguish between vertical and horizontal pipes.
    1.2
    also: distinguishing present participle
    (feature/mark)
    distintivo
    característico
    Example sentences
    • Several features distinguish the Posimetric design from other feeding technology.
    • Some of the characteristics that distinguish the two are intrinsic.
    • A suite of characteristics distinguishes Orconectes neglectus from other northeastern crayfishes.
  • 2 (make out)
    Example sentences
    • I squinted into the darkness, barely distinguishing anything.
    • To his credit, Hornby manages to distinguish the four voices well.
    • The loud phone rings were barely able to be distinguished.

intransitive verb

  • he can't distinguish between green and blue
    no distingue entre el verde y el azul
    no distingue el verde del azul

reflexive verb

  • to distinguish oneself
    distinguirse
    destacarse
    you didn't exactly distinguish yourself [humorous]
    la verdad es que te luciste [ironic]
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